A group of children at the Shushi Summer Camp lead the rest in songThis summer, 37 children from Nagorno-Karabagh’s impoverished Kashatagh district enjoyed a week-long summer camp in Shushi, one of their country’s most historic cities.

Most of the children who come to this annual camp spend the rest of the year living amid the rubble of Kashatagh, where their families have moved to reclaim the land’s Armenian heritage after its liberation in 1992.  Families living in Kashatagh face many difficulties, and few of these children have access to any kind of extra-curricular classes or activities during the year.  The camp is a chance for them to have fun and to bond with one another.  The week of singing, theatre, games and lessons helps them to develop a new feeling of belonging in Karabagh that the harsh circumstances of life in Kashatagh can often deny young people.
Children from Karabagh enjoyed interactive theater performances.
The camp is also also a way for these children to develop a deeper love for the region and a deeper appreciation of what it means to be an Armenian living in Karabagh.  Shushi (known as Karabagh’s “ Fortress City “) was one of the Caucasus region’s most culturally significant cities until the Azeri occupation.  It was a fountainhead of music, literature, art and thought.  It was also the site of a daring, hard-fought battle fifteen years ago that is seen as a turning point in the Karabagh war.

The camp was organized by the AMAA, with the Tufenkian Foundation providing financing for children attending from Kashatagh.


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